Magic just talks too much for his own good. Some things you just need to keep to yourself.
In an in-game interview last week, Magic told an NBA sideline reporter that he "didn't have any expectations", and that he was just "looking for the team to develop and get better". This was a mistake.
Stuff like this is so cliche that it essentially goes without saying. Obviously, you want them to grow/gel/develop....but to say even before the season starts that you have no expectations is the wrong move on every level. Basically, you are removing the pressure to win, the pressure to be accountable for any of the mishaps to come....even before they come.
It sends the wrong message to a young coach like Luke that winning isn't going to be used as a barometer for success....when Luke has shown that he is very much susceptible to coaching mistakes that sometimes lead to losing.
it sends the wrong message to a player like Lonzo who was introduced as the "face of the franchise" by Magic, and has been saying that his goal is to try to make the playoffs. Whether or not that goal is realistic is another convo, but Magic just preemptively undercut it with his "no expectations".
It sends a mixed message to young players like Ingram who have been set up as future cornerstones, but are also seeing messages in the media that management doesn't expect much...especially in light of preseason struggles. All in all, I don't think Magic is helping here.
Edited by kray28, October 13, 2017 - 01:54 PM.